Tuesday, March 08, 2011
What was really unique was we had a telephone - a rotary-dial, party-line with a real operator. The prefix was POrter 8 (ie dial 768). It was new to me. SO, one of first times I answered it, I told an older lady she had misdialed & she says don't get smart with me & hung-up. The phone rings again & I answer, this time the same old lady accuses me of answering the wrong phone. The third time, I let Mom get it - apparently the lady was dialing a number with a zero and dialing the 6 which was the "O". She didn't use the zero because that was the Operator.
By the way, an original trailer for Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder shows a rotary-dial with only MN on the number 6 because some would dial a 6 for the Operator.